Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat
One of the challenges facing new parents is the purchase of a car seat. While most car seats sold in the US will meet the safety standards put in place by the Consumer Products Safety Commission there are still other features and options that need to be considered before buying a new car seat.
Car Seat Safety
While car seat safety is the most important thing to keep in mind when buying a car seat you will find that some seats come with features that will enhance the required safety features a car seat has to have. That is the case with the Graco SnugRide car seat. Graco has developed a unique safety system that works with your cars safety system to add an extra layer of safety to your child’s ride in the car.
Graco calls this system SnugLock 35 and it works with either your car’s seat belt or with a LATCH and tether. It’s optional and is used instead of the base that is included with the car seat. Once the base of the car seat is properly installed and anchored the SnugLock system allows you to use your car’s seat belt for additional safety. With just 3 easy steps you will have the car seat doubly secured. The instructions that are included with this car seat do a great job of showing you how to use this system.
One very nice feature of this car seat is the four position base unit. This allows you to have the car seat reclined at different angles depending on which level of reclining is best for your child. There also is a handy level indicator that shows you what level you are using.
From Car Seat To Stroller
Many car seats claim to be compatible with a stroller but most really don’t do a very good job of converting. The Grace SnugRide is the opposite, the seat easily attaches to almost every Graco stroller and snaps securely into place.
Some other nice features of this car seat are the rotating canopy, well made harness covers and very well designed side head impact protection panels. The canopy rotates to let you shade your child when the sun is at angles that may bother their eyes. It folds up and down easily and collapses almost flat when put all the way back.
This unit is designed and intended for infants and children up to 32 inches long and 35 pounds. Whether you are using it as a rear facing seat for infants or for older children, the adjustable base is easy to use when you want to remove the seat or place it back into position. The seat has been approved for travel on airplanes and can quickly be belted into an airline seat.
A Few Things We Don’t Like About This Car Seat
While it is a very well made car seat it is only appropriate for children weighing up to 35 pounds. This means that you will have to buy another car seat for toddlers, they will need to be in a car seat until they reach around 50 pounds.
The SnugLock system is excellent but you do have to purchase the special base. It’s not expensive, usually the cost will be under $30, but it would be nice if it were included.
There is not a lot of padding in the seat itself. You may find that once you remove the padded infant liner that the seat is a bit hard and uncomfortable for your child.
Our Conclusions For This Car Seat
This model is the number one selling infant car seat on Amazon and deserves that ranking. The price is very good, even after buying the optional SnugLock base, and the overall value is excellent. The ability to easily attach the car seat to a stroller is a wonderful feature that every parent will like. When you are ready to start looking around for a good car seat you should definitely look at this mode.